Getting your landscape ready for the warmer months is a great activity that can be enjoyed by yourself or with your family.
The care you put into your lawn and gardens during the spring and summer will determine the health of your landscape for the months and years to come. Whether it’s overgrown weeds, invasive plants or buckled patio stones, all sorts of issues can crop up as time goes on.
The best way to protect your landscape investment is to maintain it with regular upkeep. So we asked our property care crews for some of their basic landscape maintenance tips.
Here’s what they came up with!
1. Get gardening!
Garden care is one of the pillars of landscape maintenance, and depending on the plants in yours, it might be a little tricky. Every garden has a diverse range of plants in it, all of them with different requirements to thrive.
Our suggestion is to get to know what you have in your gardens. Find out the names of all of the flowers and shrubs and then look up how to best care for them. If you don’t know what plants are in your garden, try the PlantSnap smartphone app!
Beyond that, stay on top of weeding, especially early on in the year. Once weeds get too big, they can be a real nuisance to handle.
2. Make sure your lawn and garden stay hydrated.
If you’re planting anything new, be sure to water the plants daily until established. For established gardens, water once or twice a week.
As for the best time to water? Early morning is always best, as it prevents water from evaporating and gives the roots more time to absorb moisture.
A garden hose will do the job, but we recommend investing in a smart irrigation system, which gives your lawn and gardens the optimal amount of water. Plus you can program it with your smartphone!
3. Mow your lawn weekly.
Mowing your lawn seems like a straightforward task: just start it up and push it around your lawn. But there are some key things to consider to make sure you do it best.
Mow your lawn every week or so, and make sure the blades are set to 2-½” to 3” (that’s 6 to 8 cm!) Keep your blades sharp and switch up your mowing pattern from week to week so the grass blades grow straight.
If you’d rather not do the mowing yourself, consider investing in a robotic mower.
4. Fertilize your lawn from spring to fall.
Fertilizing is crucial for a lush and green lawn, but don’t do it too often — 4 to 6 times a year will do the job.
The best way to find out which kind of fertilizer to use is to perform a soil test using a kit you can purchase. Once you know what nutrients are already abundant in your soil, you can balance them out with the right N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) level fertilizer.
For those with a Green Thumb Property Care Package with us, our team can perform a soil test as part of your property care package.
5. Control your weeds with mulch.
Mulch can make caring for your garden a lot easier. Applying mulch to your gardens keeps the soil warm, prevents weed growth and helps plants retain moisture so you can water less.
Generally, mid- to late spring is the best time to add mulch, as the soil is starting to warm up from the cold of winter.
Some weeds will poke through the mulch, and when they do it’s best to pull them by hand. Herbicides should be avoided and only used as a last resort.
6. Prune your trees and shrubs.
Pruning your trees and shrubs every couple of years is good for aesthetic and safety reasons, but also for the health of your tree!
Prune in the fall or in the early winter, allowing the tree to recover before the summer heat comes around. Pruning in spring, when the sap is flowing from the roots to the trunk and branches, robs the tree of essential nutrients.
Don’t have time? Leave the hard work to the experts.
If you’re confident in your green thumb and are willing and able to put in the effort, these tips should will help maintain your landscape.
If you’d rather leave the hard work to us, you can do so by signing up for the Green Thumb Package — a complete property care plan that ensures your landscape is always ready for you.